Annual Six in the Stix bicycle race this weekend

Over 100 kids and youth part of the action at the 5th annual Subaru of Cranbrook Six In The Stix Mountain Biking Festival this weekend.

  • Sep. 18, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Riders are pictured in the Subaru of Cranbrook Six In The Stix Mountain Biking Festival in 2013. The fifth annual race runs this weekend.

Riders are pictured in the Subaru of Cranbrook Six In The Stix Mountain Biking Festival in 2013. The fifth annual race runs this weekend.

Over 100 kids and youth are expected to be part of the action at the 5th annual Subaru of Cranbrook Six In The Stix Mountain Biking Festival this weekend.

Young riders from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Creston, Invermere and many other B.C. and Alberta towns will participate in one of three races as a way of celebrating participation, health, fitness and the simple joy of riding a bicycle.

Riders three to 14 years old can choose one of the following challenges: riding up to 15 minutes around and over obstacles on a paved loop, and riding either up to 30 minutes or 60 minutes on the trails of a 1.4 km forested loop above the College of the Rockies upper parking lot and in the Cranbrook Community Forest.

For the 15-minute Stix, geared for athletes three to six years old, riders may show off their favorite stride/kick bike, 4-wheel bike or the standard 2-wheel bike with cranks and pedals.

As for the 30 minute and 60 minute trail options, race organizer Charlie Cooper provides this description: “The trails just above the College are mostly double-track and very smooth, but there’s also a fun section of single-track called Roller Coaster that will have riders twist and turn their way downhill as fast as they want back to the finish. It’s a loop with just a little bit of climbing and lots of room for riders to pass each other.”

Riders of all abilities are invited to attend this exciting event, and organizers have kept the entry fee at only $10. Each rider will enjoy a well-organized race, receive a goodie bag provided by Sidekick Stickers, be eligible for draw prizes donated by Gerick Sports, and be able to restore their energy levels at the Stix Shack after crossing the finish line.

Registration is available online until Friday night, Sept. 19 at

Limited race day registration will be accepted at the event. Check-in and late registration will begin at 12:15 pm on Saturday and races will begin at 1 pm.

After the up and coming young riders show their stuff, Sunday will test the big kids with their skills and endurance over a six hour period of cross-country riding on the newly designed 13 km loop in the Cranbrook Community Forest.

Organizer Charlie advises mountain bikers to “enjoy the smooth gentle uphills that gain 365 metres of elevation throughout the loop, and to be tuned-in during the fast winding flats & downhills on the endless single-tracks”.

Participants can choose to tackle the six hour event as an individual rider or as part of a relay team of two.

Registration cut-off is this Friday night. Volunteer positions are presently being filled for the Saturday and Sunday races and inquiries can be directed to .

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Cranbrook Arts has opened the doors of their  new gallery space to the public with their inaugural exhibit, Kootenay’s Best.
‘Kootenay’s Best’ opens Cranbrook Arts’ new gallery

This exhibit has been in the works for the past several months and features the work of more than 50 emerging and established artists from across the Kootenays

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read